On Tuesday, Texas Longhorns sophomore Jerrod Heard was wearing a no-contact jersey while taking a rep at quarterback in a practice video, but on Wednesday, senior safety Kevin Vaccaro confirmed that Heard is moving to wide receiver, where he has recently taken reps in practice:
S Kevin Vaccaro has a warning for new WR Jerrod Heard. He hasn't hit him yet "but it's coming."— Ryan Autullo (@AutulloAAS) August 11, 2016
Heard started 10 games at quarterback as a redshirt freshman at Texas, with his first start coming against Rice and his second start featuring a single-game total offense record for the Longhorns with 527 yards against Cal.
However, Heard quickly fell victim to diminishing returns as advanced scouting by opponents took away some of his strengths and highlighted his weaknesses. In that regard, he certainly wasn’t helped by what was largely a dysfunctional offense.
But now the 6’3, 201-pounder will have a chance to take advantage of his greatest strengths:
His main gift is what this offense thrives on: quickness and playmaking. A 10.2 100 meter sprinter is great for separation down the field, but an inside receiver needs immediate separation in a small area. Jerrod is quick twitch - his first two steps are his best steps. Pair that with a long frame and you create passing windows. And he's not too bad with the ball in his hands after the catch, either. Oddly enough, he could be a problem for defenses running the exact routes he struggles to throw as a QB.
With junior wide receiver Lorenzo Joe out with a hamstring injury for an extended period of time and multiple other losses there, Heard should have a chance to quickly crack the rotation at his new position.